Fights on Facebook, notwithstanding!!!!
Here is a gratuitous pic of my Yankee winter this week:
And here's one of my big maple tree. I love this tree, in a very Anne of Green Gables and the cherry tree kind of way:
So yes, back to family. I love the whole concept of family
My family, Dave's family, your family. I just love how weird and normal we all are and how we manage to function even though every sibling is different from generation to generation.
There's a reason God ORDERED us to love our brothers and sisters.
Well Aunt Bea is a great person and every year for the Eichas Family Reunion she'd make her famous banana cake. She's also my husband's Godmother and she's got gorgeous soft, blue eyes, heroine-type eyes, know what I mean???
And every year I would WAIT for that day to eat Aunt Bea's banana cake. Now back in the day you wouldn't DARE nip into desserts first. It wasn't done.
I'm older, wiser, and have learned the truth about "Eat Dessert First"! As the aunts and uncles aged, my generation started making more and more of the main course foods. But Aunt Bea still made her banana cake. One year she gave us the recipe.
OH. MY. GOSH. I was so stinkin' excited!!!!! YAY!!!!!! I could make Aunt Bea's banana cake! Happy days are here again!!!!!
Well, I blew it. STUPIDLY. Instead of reading the recipe and following it, I used regular flour. DUMB. But I have seen the error of my ways. I had Dave buy a couple of boxes of SoftasSilk flour mix when Jan Drexler (LOVE YOU!!!) told me to get cake flour in the house.
So this week I had bananas and a hankering for Aunt Bea's cake and when I dug that old recipe up, I realized the mistake instantly.... I'd used regular flour.
This time I followed the recipe exactly (although I soured milk with lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice in a measuring cup, then filled the cup to 2/3 full with milk and let it sit on the counter for 5 minutes... well, ten or so because I got talking.... :)
So here it is and I topped it with the whipped cream frosting recipe that Tex shared on Monday.... that was the frosting recipe Aunt Bea always used, too, although hers called for shortening instead of butter. I like the butter version better.
Naw, I won't make you work from that, but isn't it a hoot?
Aunt Bea's Banana Cake
2 1/4 Cup Softasilk flour
1 2/3 Cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 Cup mashed ripe bananas
2/3 Cup shortening
Put all into a big bowl.
For no pay.
Child labor!!!!! :) Of the best and most wondrous kind, right?
Bake in greased/floured 13 x 9" pan for 30 to 40 minutes.... Mine was about 34 minutes. The top browns more than traditional cake, but a normal cake test of a toothpick inserted into the middle works well.
Aunt Bea always said the secret to why hers was so good was that she pulled it out of the oven a couple of minutes early.... That may be true, but using the right FLOUR would have helped me years ago. In my lame defense, when I first got this card I didn't even know a thing called "Softasilk" existed, so my card has "soft silk" flour.... But that's no excuse for messing up a perfectly good recipe!!!
Here is the link to Mindy's version of the whipped cream frosting Aunt Bea always used: (on some of your computers it's actually two days/posts below this one so you can scroll down)... "The Texan's Whipped Cream Frosting"